TESL NS Keynote, Nov 2019

Next weekend my colleague Kate Morrison and I are presenting a keynote talk on EAP at the TESL Nova Scotia Fall Conference. We are really looking forward to a lively discussion with the very engaged group of EAP practitioners we have in our ELT community here in Nova Scotia. It’s a topic I’m thinking about a lot lately, given my involvement in Bloomsbury’s New Perspectives in English for Academic Purposes books series. Can’t wait!

Exploring Teaching and Learning in English for Academic Purposes

The practice of teaching and learning EAP may look quite different across different settings in Nova Scotia and around the world. Are there unique aspects of EAP pedagogy which unite these diverse contexts? Does preparing students for their future degree program in English necessitate a different approach to teaching and learning, or is EAP simply an extension of general English teaching? In this talk, we discuss whether there is a ‘signature pedagogy’ (Shulman 2005) for English for Academic Purposes. Through an exploration of a variety of current approaches to good teaching practices, participants will be invited to reflect on these questions and their own EAP practice in light of the diversity of pedagogies in the field.

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